An odd night of snowboarding.
I strapped into the board and immediately noticed that this board was very different from the one I had rented on Day 3, which I spent an entire day getting familiar with and rather enjoying (some Rossignol 158cm).
The main difference with this board was that it didn't seem to want to turn when I applied the usual pressure on the front foot. I took that to mean that it was "stiffer" than the previous board, but even when I twisted the board with more force it didn't seem to make that much of a difference. It did work, but it took a long time to take effect, and I had to do a bit more leaning. In those attempts at getting it to turn if would wobble/waver a little bit and want to get stuck on the snow. I didn't end up falling on it 'cause I was a lot less ballsy than last time I was out. Overall it made me a lot more cautious and I didn't really have that much fun. The goal for the night was to link turns which I didn't really dare try until I was at the bottom of some green hill (the bunny hill was too shallow and felt worse somehow). I really noticed this when I tried to turn onto toeside, which just trying is enough to get hairs on the back of my neck standing, but on top of that the board not wanting to bend and start the turn just freaked me out!!! I haven't gotten a chance to ride my Jones Mountain Twin yet, but if it's anything like this I'm probably going to want to sell it.
This board also had a very noticeable setback, which made me stay away from regular even though I was riding it goofy (apparently my normal side) and with the long side back (as it was setback for regular riding). It was different enough that riding it switch was a little too weird, and with the issue mentioned above... it was territory I didn't want to get into.
Edges were also clinging to my gloves and jacket like crazy. That thing needed some kind of tune up/sharpening.
Sucky board, but still had a decent time and learned something.
I do have a question:
I measured my Jones (which has setback by default) I realized that with my planned 21 inch stance, I'll have 21 inches from nose to center of front binding, and 21 inches from tail to center of rear binding. This works out to a "twin" stance if I set the front binding on the reference hole
, which makes my rear binding end up forward of that reference hole (since my stance is smaller than the reference stance of 23.xx"). Any potential issues with this? Should I be setting the rear binding on the reference hole? I realize it's only a 2" difference, but after last night I thought I should at least investigate.
Thanks for readin'!